Do the benefits of weight loss surgery outweigh the risks?

With obesity dangers such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, it is clear that the benefits of weight loss surgery outweigh the risks, says Robin Miller, MD. Watch this video to learn more.
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Weight loss operations are quite safe. We've studied this now over several decades—and they have very safe outcomes. If you look at what these operations can achieve with respect to reversing diabetes, high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol, there is almost nothing else in medicine that rivals that effectiveness, including all the medications that you can take.

Once patients reach a certain BMI, they can expect their lifespan to be shortened, says bariatric surgeon Alfredo Fernandez, MD, from Brandon Regional Hospital. Watch as he shares how, with improved techniques, benefits far outweigh the risks.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight loss surgery procedures, including liposuction, gastric bypass, gastric botox and Lap Band surgery are viable options for those needing help with excessive weight loss. But they aren't without their risks. Weight loss surge...

ry procedures should only be performed on individuals for whom regular diet, exercise and medication didn't prove effective. Check out the answers below for more information on how weight loss surgery has advanced over time and which one might be best for you.

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